New Arrivals · Poetry

December 27, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The widows' handbook : poetic reflections on grief and survival

December 26, 2014
Kent, Ohio : The Kent State University Press, [2014]
xx, 335 pages ; 24 cm.
Bereft, mourning -- Memories, ghosts, dreams -- Coping (more or less) -- A diffferent life.
This is an anthology of poems by contemporary widows, many of whom have written their way out of solitude and despair, distilling their strongest feelings into poetry or memoir. This collection celebrates the strategies widows learn and the resources they muster to deal with people, living space, possessions, social life, and especially themselves, once shock has turned to the realization that nothing will ever be the same. As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says in her foreword, losing one's partner is "a loss like no other." The poems come from 87 American women of all ages, legally married or not, straight and gay, whose partners or spouses have died. Some of the poets are already published widely, including more than a dozen prizewinners, four Pushcart nominees, and two regional poets laureate. Others are not as well known, and some appear in print for the first time here. With courage and wry humor, these women encounter insidious depression, poignant memories, bureaucratic nonsense, unfamiliar hardware, well-intentioned but thoughtless remarks, demanding work, spiritual revelation, and unexpected lust, navigating new relationships in the uncertain legacy of sexual liberation. They write frankly about being paralyzed and about going forward. Their poems are honest, beautiful, and accessible. Only poetry can speak such difficult truths and incite such intense empathy. While both men and women understand the bewilderment, solitude, and change of status thrust upon the widowed, women suffer a particular social demotion and isolation. Anyone who has lost a loved one or is involved in helping the bereaved will be able to relate to the experiences conveyed here. -- From back cover.

Young Ovid : an unfinished biography

December 17, 2014
Middlebrook, Diane Wood, 1939-2007, author.
©2014.
190 pages ; 24 cm

Ezra Pound : poet : a portrait of the man and his work

December 15, 2014
Moody, Anthony David.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007-
v. : ill. ; 25 cm.
v. 1. The young genius, 1885-1920 -- v. 2. The epic years, 1921-1939

Malanga chasing Vallejo : selected poems

December 12, 2014
Vallejo, César, 1892-1938, author.
New York City : Three Rooms Press, [2014]
xiv, 257 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Dylan Thomas : a centenary celebration

December 9, 2014
London : Bloomsbury, 2014.
x, 258 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), map ; 24 cm
"A Continuum book".
"Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration is a collection of specially commissioned essays celebrating the poet's life and work, and exploring his lasting legacy. Edited by his granddaughter, Hannah Ellis, the book is arranged thematically and includes a wealth of material: essays from noted biographers such as David Thomas and Clive Woosnam explore Thomas's lasting legacy both at home and abroad, and Welsh poet laurete Gillian Clark reflects on the impact of the seminal "play for voices," Under Milk Wood. The book also includes essays by poet Owen Shears and BBC Radio 6 presenter Cerys Matthews, as well as numerous testimonies and poems from the likes of former president Jimmy Carter, Phillip Pullman, and actor Michael Sheen."--Jacket.

"Literchoor Is My Beat" : a Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions

December 9, 2014
MacNiven, Ian S.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
viii, 584 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"A biography--thoughtful and playful--of the man who founded New Directions and transformed American publishing James Laughlin--a poet, publisher, world-class skier--was the man behind some of the most daring, revolutionary works in verse and prose of the twentieth century. As the founder of New Directions, he published Ezra Pound's The Cantos and William Carlos Williams's Paterson; he brought Herman Hesse and Jorge Luis Borges to an American audience. Throughout his life, this tall, charismatic intellectual, athlete, and entrepreneur preferred to stay hidden. But no longer--in "Literchoor is My Beat": James Laughlin and New Directions, Ian S. MacNiven has given us a sensitive and revealing portrait of this visionary and the understory of the last century of American letters. Laughlin--or J, as MacNiven calls him--emerges as an impressive and complex figure: energetic, idealistic, and hardworking, but also plagued by doubts--not about his ability to identify and nurture talent, but about his own worth as a writer. Haunted by his father's struggles with bipolar disorder, J threw himself into a flurry of activity, pulling together the first New Directions anthology before he'd graduated from Harvard and purchasing and managing a ski resort in Utah. MacNiven's portrait is comprehensive and vital, spiced with Ezra Pound's eccentric letters, J's romantic foibles, and anecdotes from a seat-of-your-pants era of publishing now gone by. A story about the struggle to publish only the best, it is itself an example of literary biography at its finest"-- Provided by publisher.

The best American poetry.

December 8, 2014
New York, N.Y. : Collier Books,
v. ; 22 cm.
Imprint varies: 1999-<2014> published by Scribner Poetry.

The poem she didn't write and other poems

December 4, 2014
Davis, Olena Kalytiak.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2014]
x, 107 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
""There is an eerie precision to her work-like the delicate discernment of a brain surgeon's scalpel-that renders each moment in both its absolute clarity and ultimate transitory fragility."-Rita Dove"Olena Kalytiak Davis's poems find evidence of the spirit everywhere, in laundromats, in parking lots and frozen landscapes, in the panic of birds."-Dean YoungIn her first full collection in a decade, Olena Kalytiak Davis revivifies language and makes love offerings to her beloved reader. With a heightened post-confessional directness, she addresses lost love, sexual violence, and the confrontations of aging. In her characteristic syntactical play, sly slips of meaning, and all-out feminism, Davis hyperconsciously erases the rulebook in this memorable collection.From "The Poem She Didn't Write":began when she stoppedbegan in winter and, like everything else, at first, just waited for spring in spring noticed there were lilac branches, but no desire, no need to talk to any angel, to say: sky, dooryard, when summer arrived there was more, but not much nothing really worth noting and then it was winter again-nothing had changed: sky, dooryard, white, frozen was the lake and the lagoon, some froze the ocean (now you erase that) (you cross that out) and so on and so forth. Olena Kalyiak Davis is a first-generation Ukrainian American who was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Educated at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan Law School, and Vermont College, she is the author of three books of poetry. She currently works as a lawyer in Anchorage, Alaska. "-- Provided by publisher.

Why Homer matters

December 4, 2014
Nicolson, Adam, 1957-
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
xii, 297 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"A John Macrae book."
Meeting Homer -- Grasping Homer -- Loving Homer -- Seeking Homer -- Finding Homer -- Homer the strange -- Homer the real -- The metal hero -- Homer on the steppes -- The gang and the city -- Homer's mirror -- Homer's Odyssey -- The bright wake.
"In this passionate, deeply personal book, Adam Nicolson explains why Homer matters-- to him, to you, to the world--in a text full of twists, turns and surprises. In a spectacular journey through mythical and modern landscapes, Adam Nicholson explores the places forever haunted by their Homeric heroes. From Sicily, awash with wildflowers shadowed by Italy's largest oil refinery, to Ithaca, southern Spain, and the mountains on the edges of Andalusia and Extremadura, to the deserted, irradiated steppes of Chernobyl, where Homeric warriors still lie under the tumuli, unexcavated. This is a world of springs and drought, seas and cities, with not a tourist in sight. And all sewn together by the poems themselves and their great metaphors of life and suffering. Showing us the real roots of Homeric consciousness, the physical environment that fills the gaps between the words of the poems themselves, Nicholson's is itself a Homeric journey. A wandering meditation on lost worlds, our interconnectedness with our ancestors, and the surroundings we share. This is the original meeting of place and mind, our empathy with the past, our landscape as our drama. Following the acclaimed Gentry, which established him as one of the great landscape writers working today, Nicholson takes Homer's poems back to their source: beneath the distant, god-inhabited mountains, on the Trojan plains above the graves of the heroic dead, we find afresh the foundation level of human experience on Earth"-- Provided by publisher.

Everytime a knot is undone, a god is released : collected and new poems, 1974 - 2011

December 4, 2014
Chase-Riboud, Barbara.
New York : Seven Stories Press, [2014]
397 pages ; 24 cm
Includes indexes.

Broken cup : poems

December 4, 2014
Gibson, Margaret, 1944- author.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2014]
ix, 77 pages ; 24 cm
"LSU Press Paperback Original" -- t.p. verso

A momentary glory : last poems

December 4, 2014
Shapiro, Harvey, 1924-2013, author.
Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press, [2014]
xiv, 99 pages ; 21 cm.
The old man has one thought and then another -- For William Carlos Williams -- Reznikoff -- Oppen -- "It may have been..." -- "When I asked Wallace Stevens..." -- The people's poet -- On a rejection note from Paul Muldoon -- Homage -- Lines (1) -- Now I write -- On my book -- Writing -- "I wrote two poems in my sleep..." -- The poem -- During the Second World War -- Memorial Day -- An American life -- Discourse on education -- Foggia, Italy -- The old war -- Song -- The transaction -- Alexandra -- Lydia -- Cynthia -- King Kong's Wong -- Nightpiece -- "Drear, bleared and boiled..." -- A story -- Brief lives -- Brooklyn -- To the Brooklyn Academy of Music -- Lines (2) -- 7th Avenue IRT -- Times Square -- In the city -- Praise for -- The keys -- Key West -- Florida -- Real estate -- Deer -- Suburban note -- Rockport -- Paris -- In Prague -- Questions -- Green -- Mozart poem -- World -- In the beginning -- Dan, age 10, explains -- Bush poem -- Hot summer -- "A bird in the tree..." -- Birds 60 -- "Like a boy again..." -- Remembering -- Friday -- Book group -- "I am in a warm room..." -- The distance -- Rabbi Nachman's parable -- For Adin -- Dejection -- The mother of invention -- Planning -- Honestly -- "Where was the wisdom..." -- Drums -- In argument -- The old Jew -- Lines (3) -- Departures -- 2007 -- The office -- In the office -- Hospital poem -- Self-pity -- Lines (4) -- Luxury of time -- "The piece of myself..." -- Pardoned -- City poem -- Poetics -- For Galen -- Bright winter -- A momentary glory -- Psalm.

Soul over lightning

December 2, 2014
González, Ray.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2014.
79 pages ; 23 cm.
"Soul Over Lightning is a book of poems that arises from the power of landscape of the desert Southwest. It deals with cultural and political realities in recent years of growing tension on the U.S.-Mexican border as it celebrates the desert, the mountains, and the unique experiences of living along the border"-- Provided by publisher.

Parallax

December 1, 2014
Morrissey, Sinéad, 1972- author.
Manchester : Carcanet, 2013.
69 pages ; 22 cm
Poems.
Assured and unsettling, Sinéad Morrisey's poems explore the paradoxes in what is seen, read and misread in the surfaces of the presented world.

Shadow of a cloud but no cloud

December 1, 2014
Clary, Killarney, author.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
62 pages ; 22 cm.

Hypnos : notes from the French Resistance, 1943-44

December 1, 2014
Char, René, 1907-1988, author.
London : Seagull Books, 2014.
xi, 82 pages ; 23 cm.

Songs of the African sun

November 28, 2014
Driehaus, Cyndy Ann, 1960-
©2014
21 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
The author's adventurous world travels led her to South Africa and Swaziland in the summer of 2013, a destination she had only dreamed of as she watched movies and read books about the African plains and sunsets. An opportunity to visit a family member working in Swaziland led her to plan the trip of a lifetime across the ocean and into a land rich with magnificent landscapes, curious and friendly natives, and an animal kingdom that left her breathless... As she easily selected favorite photographs out of dozens from the trip, the poems she wrote flowed easily and quickly, as the images were still fresh in her memory dazzling her mind and senses.

Ted and I : a brother's memoir

November 28, 2014
Hughes, Gerald, 1920- author, illustrator.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014.
xx, 217 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"First published in Great Britain [in 2012] by The Robson Press, an imprint of Biteback Publishing Ltd"--Title page verso.
"[Examines the] shared childhood between Gerald Hughes and his younger brother Ted, one of the finest and best-loved poets of modern times ... Hughes brings alive a period when the two brothers would roam the countryside, camping, making fires, pitching tents, hunting rabbits, rats, wood pigeon, and stoats ... Gerald describes watching his brother evolving into a great poet and describes them continuing their relationship, even when many miles apart"-- Provided by publisher.

The collected poems of Samuel Beckett : a critical edition

November 28, 2014
Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989, author.
New York : Grove Press, [2014]
xx, 499 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published by Faber and Faber in Great Britain in 2012.
A complete edition of Beckett's poetry and verse translations.

Deep code

November 28, 2014
Coletti, John, author.
San Francisco : City Lights Publishers, [2014]
93 pages ; 18 cm.
"In Deep Code, John Coletti explores "side language," as a subset of other languages, whether slang or metaphor, to communicate and obfuscate. With a fragmentation more cubist than language poetry, Coletti portrays urban experience, from power relations and personal loss to nights among city dwellers fashioning language into something both recognizable and mysterious.John Coletti is the author of the book Mum Halo (2010) and the chapbooks Same Enemy Rainbow (2008) and Physical Kind (2005). With Anselm Berrigan, he is the author of the limited edition Skasers (2012). He has served as editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter and co-edits Open 24 Hours Press. Other projects include a collaborative print with artist Kiki Smith, a chapbook collaboration with Shana Moulton, and a libretto for Excelsior, an opera composed by Caleb Burhans commissioned by Chicago's Fifth House Ensemble which premiered in 2013. "-- Provided by publisher.

Divine nothingness : poems

November 28, 2014
Stern, Gerald, 1925-
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.
104 pages ; 22 cm
"From the National Book Award-winning author of This Time, a new volume of poems that explore the very nature of existence. Divine Nothingness is a meditative reflection on the poet's past and an elegy to love and the experience of the senses in the face of mortality. From the Jersey side of the Delaware River in Lambertville, Gerald Stern explores questions about who and why we are, locating nothingness in the divine and the divine in nothingness" -- Provided by publisher.

The poetry deal

November 28, 2014
Di Prima, Diane, author.
San Francisco, CA : City Lights Foundation, [2014]
109 pages ; 18 cm.
"Poet laureate series ; number 5"--Title page.
""The Poetry Deal shines with eros and kindness and the reality of inspiration. No American or Anarchist voice or soul-building heart has ever been more clear. The pages are fierce with love and generosity."--Michael McClure, author of Ghost Tantras "The Poetry Deal is fresh flame from a revolutionary fire that continues to burn. Every woman of every age should carry it in a purse with their pepper spray. Diane is the ultimate weapon."--Amber Tamblyn, author of Dark Sparkler "In her latest collection as San Francisco Poet Laureate, di Prima is again at the height of her powers, with 'the act of writing itself more compelling than ever.' For a half-century, as poet, printer, alchemist, and teacher she's created a communal reality where everyone is invited to actively participate in its making. 'It is the poem I serve luminous" she says in her Inaugural Address, reminding us to "write like you talk, talk like you sing, sing like you dance, or love.'"--Micah Ballard, author of Waifs and Strays The Poetry Deal is the first full-length collection of individual poems in decades from legendary feminist Beat poet Diane di Prima. Framed by two passionate, and critical, prose statements assessing her adopted home city, The Poetry Deal is a collection of poems that provide a personal and political look at forty years of Bay Area culture. Often elegiac in tone, the book captures the poet's sense of loss as she chronicles the deaths of friends from the AIDS epidemic as well as the passing of illustrious countercultural colleagues like Philip Whalen, Pigpen from the Grateful Dead, and Kirby Doyle. She also recalls and mourns out-of-town inspirations like Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Audre Lorde, and Ezra Pound. Yet even as she laments the state of her city today, she finds triumph and solace in her own relationships, the marriages of her friends, the endurance of City Lights, and other symbols of San Francisco's heritage. Born in Brooklyn in 1934, Diane di Prima emerged as a member of the Beat Generation in New York in the late '50s; in the early '60s, she founded the important mimeo magazine The Floating Bear with her lover LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka). In the late '60s, she moved to San Francisco, where she would publish her groundbreaking Revolutionary Letters (1971) with City Lights. Her other important books include Memoirs of a Beatnik, Pieces of a Dream, Recollections of My Life as a Woman, and Loba. She was named San Francisco Poet Laureate in 2009. More praise for Diane di Prima: "A prolific writer generally associated with the Beat Generation, di Prima deserves wider recognition."--Library Journal "She is not about to be regarded merely as a literary figurehead, but as an ongoing contributor to the arts--a presence whose voice continues to positively impact those who listen, as it has for the last half-century."--Verbicide Magazine "-- Provided by publisher.

On the old plaza : poems

November 20, 2014
Brosman, Catharine Savage, 1934-
Macon, Georgia : Mercer University Press, [2014]
124 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Chaucer's tale : 1386 and the road to Canterbury

November 13, 2014
Strohm, Paul, 1938- author.
New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
xv, 284 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps (some color) ; 22 cm
Chaucer's crisis -- A married man -- Aldgate -- The wool men -- In Parliament -- The other Chaucer -- The problem of fame -- Kent and Canterbury -- Laureate Chaucer.
A "microbiography of Chaucer that tells the story of the tumultuous year that led to the creation of The Canterbury Tales"-- Provided by publisher.

The heart is strange : new selected poems

November 13, 2014
Berryman, John, 1914-1972.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
xxxv, 179 pages ; 24 cm
"A lively sampling from the work of one of the most celebrated and daring poets of the twentieth century John Berryman was perhaps the most idiosyncratic American poet of the twentieth century. Best known for the painfully sad and raucously funny cycle of Dream Songs, he wrote passionately: of love and despair, of grief and laughter, of longing for a better world and coming to terms with this one. The Heart Is Strange, a new selection of his poems, along with reissues of Berryman's Sonnets, 77 Dream Songs, and the complete Dream Songs, marks the centenary of his birth. The Heart Is Strange includes a generous selection from across Berryman's varied career: from his earliest poems, which show him learning the craft, to his breakthrough masterpiece, "Homage to Mistress Bradstreet," then to his mature verses, which find the poet looking back upon his lovers and youthful passions, and finally, to his late poems, in which he battles with sobriety and an increasingly religious sensibility. The defiant joy and wild genius of Berryman's work has been obscured by his struggles with mental illness and alcohol, his tempestuous relationships with women, and his suicide. This volume, which includes three previously uncollected poems and an insightful introduction by the editor Daniel Swift, celebrates the whole Berryman: tortured poet and teasing father, passionate lover and melancholy scholar. It is a perfect introduction to one of the finest bodies of work yet produced by an American poet"-- Provided by publisher.

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